The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) officials, who went for a routine sealing drive at Yusuf Sarai market on Aurobindo Marg met with lot of resistance from traders on Thursday.
However, the civic body continued to receive revenue in terms of conversion charges after receiving notice about it, even as the authorities decided to take a “wait and watch” approach before re-starting sealing in all such areas.
Traders and shopkeepers along the Yusuf Sarai-Kaushalya Park stretch on Aurobindo Marg resisted the move by MCD officials, prompting the civic body to give them much-needed reprieve.
“Only for this stretch, we have decided to discontinue sealing till Tuesday,” said Deep Mathur, MCD’s Director (Press and Information).
While most other shops were spared, officials sealed two shops in the area.
The reasons varied for those seeking exemption. For instance, a diagnostic centre in Yusuf Sarai was spared of sealing as it had a lot of patients.
Then there was one
shopkeeper who requested time as his father had recently passed away. Since the sealing resumed, the MCD has received a whopping Rs 4.58 crore conversion charges in Central Zone last week and about Rs 5 crore till date this week, sources said.
“People have been responding to our notices and paying up the charges,” Mathur said adding, “Our focus is more on recovery of charges then on sealing of establishments.”
The spots being sealed are properties located in areas marked for either ‘commercial use’ or ‘mixed land use’ – both residential and commercial activities -- under the Master Plan of Delhi 2021.
There were 2,538 such stretches. These areas were all earmarked as ‘residential only’ once but saw rampant commercial activity over the years.